The Archangel Metatron – Beware of Him

Who or what is the Metatron, “Beware of Him”. The Babylonian Talmud mentions Metatron by name in three places: Hagigah 15a, Sanhedrin 38b, and Avodah Zarah 3b. Hagigah 15a describes Elisha ben Abuyah in Paradise seeing Metatron sitting down (an action that is not done in the presence of God). Elishah ben Abuyah therefore looks to Metatron as a deity and says heretic-ally: “There are indeed two powers in Heaven!” The rabbis explain that Metatron had permission to sit because of his function as the Heavenly Scribe, writing down the deeds of Israel. But it is not written as such. The Talmud states, it was proved to Elisha that Metatron could not be a second deity by the fact that Metatron received 60 “strokes with fiery rods” to demonstrate that Metatron was not a god, but an angel, and could be punished. In Sanhedrin 38b one of the minim tells Rabbi Idith that Metatron should be worshipped because he has a name like his master. Rabbi Idith uses the same passage Exodus 23:21 to show that Metatron was an angel and not a deity and thus should not be worshipped. Furthermore, as an angel Metatron has no power to pardon transgressions nor was he to be received even as a messenger of forgiveness. In Avodah Zarah 3b, the Talmud hypothesises as to how God spends His day. It is suggested that in the fourth quarter of the day God sits and instructs the school children, while in the preceding three quarters Metatron may take God’s place or God may do this among other tasks. Yevamot 16b records an utterance attributed to the Prince of the World: “I have been young and now I am old.” In rabbinic tradition, this utterance is attributed to Metatron. Please watch the video for more information on the Archangel Metatron…and of course “Beware of Him”…

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